Give something today…. even if it’s just an encouraging word, an ear to a friend that needs to vent or a prayer for someone in need…. give something! Love u guys!
I challenge you to look at the life of Christ. Rejected by many, hated by most. He didn’t have a lot of supporters and He didn’t rub elbows with the elite of His day. What we are seeing now are a bunch of superstars in the pulpit…actors and actresses who have MANY MANY fans and “friends”.Jesus said this of His true disciples in John 15:18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. He also stated in Matthew 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved. It looks to me like Jesus was letting His disciples know that living a life for Jesus Christ doesn’t come with a whole lot of people who will love you, much less like you! If you have a bunch of naysayers criticizing you for walking in what God has called you to do, throwing your name out there as evil…REJOICE! You must be doing something Kingdom!
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me,Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Heavenly Father, I ask that you help us to stand firm in the calling you have placed upon our life. We ask that you BLESS our enemies tremendously. Father let them know that you have something wonderful planned for their lives too and that YOU are the one who will set things in order for them. Lord help us to walk in love and humility towards them and see them with the same eyes of compassion that you have! Lastly, I just want to say THANK YOU Jesus for all that you have helped us through! In Jesus name! Amen!
I hear the Lord saying that there are too many body parts that are aspiring to function outside of their proper use. The heart cannot function as a colon, the ear cannot function as the mouth. Your behavior is bringing about division and chaos. Serve! Stop trying to BE served! Consider your brother and sisters in a higher esteem than your self. These ministries DO NOT belong to you! They are MINE say the Lord and I shall be Lord over it or it shall NOT be a ministry unto me. Love…My Love is the foundation for all that I have called you to do. My people are acting as if I HAVE love…no this is not true…I AM LOVE! Hence anything that you are doing outside of the foundation of LOVE..is worthless!
Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.…
Heavenly Father, help us to walk out what you have called each of us individually to do in the power of your Love. God I pray that we all would stop trying to compete with one another concerning Kingdom ministry. Let us all come to the knowledge that it is only by your Spirit that we can go forth and accomplish the plan that yo have made for our lives and not our flesh. Help us to see each other as valuable and worthy of acts of service and generosity.
In Jesus name,
It is so important to remember that we are here on this earth on an assignment from God. He strategically placed us here for a purpose which He is using us to fulfill. Because we are human we sometimes get caught up in the things that the world says are important. Pursuing the “American Dream”, our personal desires and even our own needs. The Kingdom of God is much different. God’s Kingdom says the opposite to what the kingdom of this world dictates. In God’s Kingdom, the way up is down (1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time). In God’s Kingdom The last will be first. (Matthew 20:16). We serve the God who says Love your enemies, Bless your enemies and turn the other cheek. The Lord wants us to realize that when it comes to our needs and provision…He doesn’t require any less faith. Our feelings are always contrary to God. He didn’t tell us to worship Him in feeling…but in Spirit and in Truth. A common feeling that is meant to overwhelm and take our focus off of Kingdom is worry. Worry is very deceptive in that it comes loaded with more than it seems. Worry isn’t just giving way to anxiety or unease; allowing one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. If not dealt with, it will then become a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems. This is the point where the worry and anxiety are now made into idols which we have set up in our lives. By this I mean that we have become so certain that our participation in this madness is greater than God’s ability to take care of us!
God wants us to become so convinced of His Love towards us that we understand this basic principle…Because God Loves me…He will take care of me. If you are walking around in frustration and worry, unable to sleep and full of anxiety I challenge you to cast your cares once and for all on the ONLY One who is able to sustain you. You do this by getting honest with yourself and God and laying it all out before His feet in prayer… leaving it there. Then any time that those thoughts come up that would cause you to become uneasy…tell those thoughts that your Heavenly Father is handling all of your affairs! We have a mandate to focus on Kingdom business!
Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own
1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; My heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart exults, And with my song I shall thank Him.
I am moved greatly to convey to you, how Great God’s strength is and how Perfect his protection is in our weakness and frailty. The world is not so. It is at these low points in our lives that it seems people take the advantage of exploiting your weakness. The enemy uses many vessels and avenues to ensure that you somehow feel lower and more hopeless with each blow and kick while you are already down. This is what makes God’s Goodness and Faithfulness even more precious to me. Even when He already knows that I feel rejected…there He is with His arms open wide open whispering to me that I am accepted and Beloved in His sight. Then he backs this revelation up by giving me an experience with one of His vessels, who may cross my path just to tell me…”Jesus Loves you”. He protects my heart from being further damaged by reminding me of who I really am in Him. When someone is constantly sticking up for you, bearing you up and encouraging you….can you do anything less than trust? It is then when your heart has fully trusted in His capable hands and compassionate heart that you can say… I am Helped! The fullness that comes from trusting in God is faithful to well up within you a heart-song that is for Him alone, for there is no one who can Strengthen, protect and satisfy except The Lord Jesus Christ.
Let him be everything you need today!
The pruning season has begun again. There are many things that are laying dormant in your life in the closet of your heart. The Lord is longing to go in deep and pull those things out and reveal them to you. It is at that point that a decision is yours to make. Will you keep the dead things neatly buried in the unfit atmosphere of your heart? Or will you dig a grave and lay them properly to rest where they belong? There are plans that you made that didn’t line up with God’s purpose for your life…lay them down. There are friendships that are no longer bringing life, but causing the Life which resides in you to be drained out…let them go. There are things that you are holding so dear to you and the stench of the corpse has somehow become a sweet aroma to you…break free from it and cast it down in the name of Jesus. There is something that has been laid up for you from your heavenly Father that is going to be released to you…but only if you let the dead things die.
John 15:2 says, “Any branch in Me that does not bear fruit [that stops bearing] He cuts away (trims off, takes away); and He cleanses and repeatedly prunes every branch that continues to bear fruit, to make it bear more and richer and more excellent fruit.”
“One thing I do [it is my one aspiration]: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the [supreme and heavenly] prize to which God in Christ Jesus is calling us upward” (Philippians 3:13-14).
Heavenly Father, help us to discern when it’s time to let go. Lord help us to see the dead things that we need to let die away from our lives and be put in their proper place. We thank you God for helping us to become more and more like you each day. In Jesus name, Amen